KCRW's Which Way L.A.?

KCRW's Which Way L.A.?


  • Sausage Making in Sacramento

    Aug 28, 2014 | 24 min
    In Sacramento, there?s lobbying and log-rolling in the crowded halls of the Capitol. Now it?s all coming to a head in the chambers of the Assembly and Senate as another legislative session moves toward adjournment at the end of this week.
  • Doing the Crime... But Not the Time

    Aug 27, 2014 | 25 min
    Since the US Supreme Court ruled that overcrowding made California prisons too dangerous, lower-level convicts have been sent to local jails. But the jails often don?t have any room?and county sheriffs end up deciding that some go in while others stay out.
  • The Sharing Economy Meets Politics as Usual

    Aug 26, 2014 | 25 min
    Uber, Sidecar and Lyft are ridesharing companies based on smartphone apps nobody ever heard of 5 years ago. But new technologies can?t escape old ways of doing business. Silicon Valley entrepreneurs are learning: to succeed in business, you?ve got to play politics.
  • Despite Long Odds, a Consensus on New Rules for the Coastal Mountains

    Aug 25, 2014 | 26 min
    After decades of combat in court and sometimes at gunpoint, landowners, environmentalists and agricultural interests have finally agreed on how to preserve and develop 80 square miles of the Santa Monica Mountains.
  • Police Killings and the Public's Right to Know

    Aug 21, 2014 | 30 min
    In Ferguson, Missouri, police have released the name of the cop who shot Michael Brown ? but in LA it?s a different story. The LAPD and the Sheriff?s department are withholding the names of officers in two controversial killings. Should they be public information?
  • Breaking the School-to-Prison Pipeline

    Aug 20, 2014 | 26 min
    Starting this week, LAUSD is decriminalizing minor student infractions like vandalism or getting caught with cigarettes. The new policies are aimed at reducing arrest rates on campus. How will beleaguered school administrators handle the new cases?
  • Police Say an Alleged Plot Has Been Interrupted

    Aug 19, 2014 | 26 min
    According to Police in South Pasadena, two teenagers said they were willing to die in a shootout after killing as ?many people as possible.? They?re under arrest, but no guns have been found. We?ll talk with the Mayor and ask a specialist about how to detect any warning signs.
  • Water and Whales in California

    Aug 18, 2014 | 27 min
    A water bond for $7.5 billion: that?s the price of a compromise after years of dispute in Sacramento. It won?t end the drought, so what does it do? Also, Sea World in San Diego plans to double the size of its tanks for killer whales. Is the critical documentary Blackfish the reason attendance and investment have both declined?
  • High Speed Internet Service and a Low Turnout Election

    Aug 14, 2014 | 16 min
    The LA Unified School Board held a mid-summer special election this week and, as many predicted, almost nobody came. We?ll hear how education reformers, the Teachers Union, and local politicians are preparing for the next campaign.
  • A ?Cruel Irony? for California?s ?Green? Economy

    Aug 13, 2014 | 26 min
    Tesla builds one of the world?s cleanest cars in California, but now state officials are negotiating to relax environmental restrictions so Tesla can start building a massive new battery plant. Will California become less ?green? to keep a ?green? employer from going to another state?
  • Leadership in Los Angeles: The Old and the New

    Aug 12, 2014 | 24 min
    Charlie Beck will be Chief of the LAPD for another 5 years? but the Commission?s vote today was not unanimous. We?ll ask Chief Beck how he plans to deal with evidence that the violent crime rate is greater than the LAPD has reported.
  • LAPD Chief Charlie Beck and Crime Rates in Los Angeles

    Aug 11, 2014 | 25 min
    Tomorrow, the LA Police Commission will decide if Charlie Beck has earned a second 5-year term as Chief of the LAPD. Meantime, the LA Times is reporting that aggravated assault is 14% higher than the Department?s been saying.
  • Battle for ?The Heart? of Silver Lake

    Aug 7, 2014 | 28 min
    The latest dispute over greater density in Los Angeles is focused on Sunset Junction, where Sunset and Santa Monica Boulevards meet in Silver Lake. Some residents complain that a new apartment building will destroy a treasured neighborhood. It?s a paradigm for conflicts all over LA.
  • LA Unified: Back in Session

    Aug 6, 2014 | 27 min
    LA?s public schools open next week for another term. Do they have enough choice for their kids?or too much? Are magnet schools, charters and special programs creating a new kind of segregation? Also, what?s next for civilian oversight of the scandal-plagued LA Sheriff?s Department?
  • The Politics of Education in South LA

    Aug 5, 2014 | 26 min
    Teacher evaluations, pay raises, charter schools and a controversial superintendent will all be affected by next Tuesday?s special election to a vacancy on the LA Unified School Board. We?ll hear from both candidates.
  • The 7 Debates That Will Make Headlines from Sacramento This Month

    Aug 4, 2014 | 7 min
    Congress may be off for its August recess but, as the weather heats up in Sacramento, Democrats and Republicans are gathering for another 4 weeks of high-stakes debate on long-running issues, from gun control to political scandal.
  • Outdoor Recreation is Drying Up in California

    Jul 31, 2014 | 27 min
    White-water rafting, fly-fishing and boating are out of business in many lakes and rivers. Restaurants in Catalina aren?t serving water, and rationing is on the way. We?ll hear what drought means for the $85 billion outdoor tourism industry.
  • Is the City of LA Going to Run Out of Money?

    Jul 30, 2014 | 27 min
    Plans for restoring city services cut by the recession have depended in part on reducing employee retirement cost, but this week pension reforms were overturned by an appellate board. What?s in store for street and sidewalk repair ? and workers who want to retire when they?re 55?
  • Is California?s Department of Education Leaving 20,000 Children Behind?

    Jul 29, 2014 | 27 min
    English is a new language for 1.5 million California school children, but at least 20,000 are not getting any of the services required by federal law and the State Constitution. We?ll hear what?s at stake for kids, teachers and school districts failing to make the grade.
  • The Dodgers ?Blackout? Continues? Will the FCC intervene?

    Jul 28, 2014 | 24 min
    After a three-game sweep this weekend in San Francisco, the Dodgers are back in first place? but only Time-Warner subscribers have been able to watch.
  • The University of California Acts Like a Private School

    Jul 24, 2014 | 33 min
    Faced with a cash crunch, UC campuses are cutting back on new students from California. Out-of-state newcomers have to pay more, so they?re on the increase. The ?Crown Jewel of the Golden State? now depends on tuition ? and California parents are organizing against what they call a ?betrayal.? We?ll hear from one of them and get the University?s explanation.
  • Concussions Are on the Rise ? Not Just Among Football Players

    Jul 23, 2014 | 24 min
    The risk of concussions is not confined to men and boys who play football. We?ll hear about a local school that?s testing every student, athlete or not, to establish a baseline that parents, teachers and doctors can use for comparison when an injury is sustained.
  • Can the Wild West of Water be Tamed?

    Jul 22, 2014 | 28 min
    While homeowners face fines for keeping their lawns green or flushing the toilet too often, Big Agriculture pumps all the groundwater it wants to. Is it being wasted? Is this time of drought finally the moment for new rules?
  • The War in Gaza Hits Home

    Jul 21, 2014 | 25 min
    With so many Jewish and Arab residents, greater Los Angeles is deeply connected to events in the Middle East. Is the so-called Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement an effective tool of justice for Palestinians or a one-sided attack on Israel?
  • Who Benefits from Higher Education ? Students or For-Profit Colleges?

    Jul 17, 2014 | 23 min
    Federal and state probes of for-profit colleges have come to a head in Santa Ana, the headquarters of Corinthian Colleges. Amid charges of misrepresentations to low income students, Washington has cut off the pipeline of education loans that keeps the colleges in business.
  • The Drought Matters, After All

    Jul 16, 2014 | 25 min
    Calls for water conservation are being taken seriously in most of the state, but Southern Californians can?t see the drought through the fountain spray and the over-watered foliage. Good water management has produced a false sense of security, which is about to dry up along with the water supply.
  • A Proposal for Leveling LACMA Is Making Waves

    Jul 15, 2014 | 27 min
    Plans for ?transforming? LA County?s Museum of Art include a one-story, blob-like structure inspired by the La Brea Tar Pits. Mayor Garcetti?s behind it, but experts on art and architecture are divided.
  • Do Insurance Customers Get What They Think They're Paying For?

    Jul 14, 2014 | 28 min
    As they draw up new policies under Obamacare, California insurance companies are cutting premiums by cutting back on the number of doctors and hospitals available to consumers. But are Anthem Blue-Cross and other companies deceiving their customers?
  • Is it Time for Local Golf Courses to Just Dry Up?

    Jul 10, 2014 | 25 min
    With drought into its third year, California farmers are pulling up orchards and fields are lying fallow. But, when President Obama came West to talk about water, he played golf in the desert of Coachella Valley?home to 124 well-watered courses. Does a major Southland recreational pastime have a future?
  • LA Wants Out of Immigration Enforcement

    Jul 9, 2014 | 28 min
    LA Mayor Eric Garcetti says local cops should not do the work of federal immigration authorities, so he?s ordered the LAPD to stop most so-called ?immigration holds? on inmates ready to be released from jail. Now LA County might do the same thing. Will it increase the risk of crime? Is it none-too-subtle political pressure for immigration reform?
  • Can the Southland Make Do with One Less Airport?

    Jul 8, 2014 | 27 min
    The City of Santa Monica wants to close its airport next year. The Federal Aviation Administration is saying, ?no way??and a legal battle is raging. Does the airport matter to the regional economy, or is it public property for the exclusive use of rich private pilots like Harrison Ford?
  • Who Should Police LA's Deputy Sheriffs?

    Jul 7, 2014 | 27 min
    Abuse of force, misuse of weapons and criminal convictions have brought LA Sheriff?s Deputies unwelcome attention. The Board of Supervisors has created an Inspector General, but there is still demand for citizen oversight free of political influence to keep the spotlight turned on. We?ll hear the pros and cons.
  • It?s LA?s Biggest Beach Weekend ? But Is It Safe To Swim?

    Jul 3, 2014 | 25 min
    With July 4th falling on a Friday and temperatures expected to be in the mid-80s, hordes of Angelenos and tourists will hit the beaches this weekend. But they might want to think twice before jumping in the ocean.
  • Has California Broken Its Higher Education Promise?

    Jul 2, 2014 | 25 min
    California college students are taking longer to graduate, going well-beyond the traditional two- and four-year benchmarks to earn degrees in the Community College and Cal State University systems.
  • California Increases Its Minimum Wage; What About LA?

    Jul 1, 2014 | 29 min
    Today the minimum wage in California went from $8 to $9 - the first increase in 5 years. Should LA follow progressive bastions like San Francisco and Seattle in pushing an even higher wage? Or would that break the bank?
  • Border Crisis Comes to CA?

    Jun 30, 2014 | 30 min
    Immigrants from Central America are pouring over the U.S.-Mexico border at an unprecedented rate, while Congress is at a standstill on comprehensive immigration reform. Today President Obama said he?d had enough, and is taking executive action where he can.
  • Should LA Build Mass Transit to LAX?

    Jun 26, 2014 | 27 min
    Today, Metro officials proposed a so-called ?people mover? that runs from a new light-rail station to LAX.
  • How Do Hotel Subsidies Benefit City Taxpayers?

    Jun 25, 2014 | 28 min
    The Los Angeles City Council is moving forward with nearly $180 million in tax subsidies for two major hotel projects. Can LA afford it when City Hall already struggles to fill potholes or respond quickly to fires?
  • Will Tax Breaks Save Hollywood?

    Jun 24, 2014 | 26 min
    What price are we willing to pay to keep Hollywood in Hollywood?
  • Getting to Know Hilda Solis

    Jun 23, 2014 | 16 min
    Hilda Solis may be the most powerful figure in LA politics with a low profile; she sits in conversation with Warren Olney.
  • New Clout for California in Congress

    Jun 19, 2014 | 16 min
    Kevin McCarthy was chosen today by fellow Republicans as Majority Leader in Congress, the one who decides what legislation actually gets to the floor.
  • Oil Trains are Coming to Southern California

    Jun 18, 2014 | 24 min
    Right now, just 1% of the crude oil refined in California gets here by rail. In two years it?ll be 25%--On trains that haul 100 tank cars at a time. There are refineries in Wilmington, Torrance and El Segundo, and new oil terminals will be constructed. But state officials are not disclosing details about train movements in a report provided by railroad companies.
  • Is It Time to Reform LA Parking Fines?

    Jun 17, 2014 | 29 min
    Parking tickets provided $161 million in revenue last year for the Los Angeles. As City Hall studies the issue, will voters get a chance to decide?
  • Cabbies v. Uber and the Shared Economy

    Jun 16, 2014 | 30 min
    Uber and other Internet companies use mobile phone apps to connect passengers with non-professional drivers. Cheaper than traditional taxis, is that unfair competition?
  • The Emergency in Iraq Rocks Washington

    Jun 12, 2014 | 53 min
    We update the chaos in Iraq and the politics in Washington. Also, the commercial use of drones in the US as the FAA tries to keep pace with a developing technology.
  • Consumer Reports for Legal Pot and the 'Green Rush' Economy

    Jun 11, 2014 | 29 min
    We talk with an entrepreneur who plans to cash in on what's called "the Green Rush." Can money be made on "responsible use" of a drug that's now more potent than ever?
  • Vergara v. California Ruling Is Blow to Teachers' Unions

    Jun 10, 2014 | 27 min
    A ruling on teacher tenure in Los Angeles has national implications for teacher protection and education "reformers."
  • Del Rey Residents Keen on Forcing Out New Charter School

    Jun 9, 2014 | 27 min
    Angry parents and neighborhood residents are fighting bitterly over a Westside charter school. They plan a confrontation at tomorrow's meeting of the LA School Board.
  • CA Solitary Confinement Case Could Change Practice Nationwide

    Jun 5, 2014 | 28 min
    Hundreds of inmates at Pelican Bay are held there in solitary confinement ? often for more than a decade. A federal class-action lawsuit might deem that unconstitutional.
  • Yesterday's 'Jungle Primary' Didn't Have Much of a Roar

    Jun 4, 2014 | 20 min
    Will the "top-two" system of yesterday's primary change the partisan make-up of the Assembly, State Senate or California's delegation to Congress?
  • Counties Opt Out of the Deportation Business

    Jun 3, 2014 | 25 min
    Several California counties will no longer detain non-citizens for immigration authorities who might want to deport them. Is it justice or a risk to public safety?
  • Picking and Choosing in Tomorrow's Statewide Election

    Jun 2, 2014 | 27 min
    Tomorrow's ballot includes 19 offices, from Governor to County Supervisor. Fortunately no one has to vote for them all. We hear how California's Top Two system works.
  • Should California Implement a 'Restraining Order' for Firearms?

    May 29, 2014 | 24 min
    New legislation has been introduced in the wake of the shooting rampage in Isla Vista. Would it have made any difference? Is it an invitation to "turn in your neighbor?"
  • CA Insurance Commissioner Race Boils Down to Power Debate

    May 28, 2014 | 28 min
    Whoever's elected as California?s Insurance Commissioner next week will have a lot to say about how much you pay to insure your property. We look at the candidates.
  • LA River Restoration: Who Is It Good For?

    May 27, 2014 | 31 min
    As Mayor Garcetti promotes LA River restoration, environmentalists say they're losing their voice, and low-income residents fear losing their homes to gentrification.
  • The Pentagon's Latest War?against Mental Illness

    May 27, 2014 | 52 min
    American soldiers have been dying at the rate of 22 every day ? from suicide. What's the Pentagon doing to cope with mental illness, after...
  • Drug Companies Accused of Fatal Deception

    May 23, 2014 | 24 min
    Orange County DA Rackauckas has filed suit against five drug companies, accusing them on behalf of the state of waging a "campaign of deception."
  • The Pentagon's Latest War?against Mental Illness

    May 22, 2014 | 24 min
    American soldiers have been dying at the rate of 22 every day ? from suicide. What's the Pentagon doing to cope with mental illness, after...
  • Metro to Consider Fare Hikes

    May 21, 2014 | 22 min
    Today, LA Metro got $2 billion in fed money to expand the subway. Tomorrow, the Metro board will consider three fee increases.
  • Bridge above Homeless Embodies Battle for Downtown LA

    May 20, 2014 | 26 min
    A so-called "bridge over the homeless" raises questions about making downtown Los Angeles "pedestrian friendly."
  • Is California Bracing for Its 'Worst-Ever' Fire Season?

    May 19, 2014 | 26 min
    Five thousand firefighters fought ten major blazes last week in Southern California. We're not ready for a long, hot season, let alone the consequences of climate change.
  • California Tinkering with Prop 13

    May 15, 2014 | 21 min
    Republicans voiced strong reaction to the prospect that Prop 13 might finally be amended, 36 years after state voters started a property tax revolt that went nationwide.
  • A Local Experiment in Protecting the Mentally Ill

    May 14, 2014 | 21 min
    Yesterday, Orange County adopted Laura?s Law, in response to the killing of homeless schizophrenic Kelly Thomas three years ago by police in Fullerton.
  • Candidates for LA County Board of Supervisors In-Studio Debate

    May 13, 2014 | 36 min
    LA County Supervisors enact and implement laws for 11 million people. We hear from four candidates vying for the Third District seat.
  • Concerned Residents Take on? Solar Energy?

    May 12, 2014 | 25 min
    It's one thing if you want to put a solar installation on the roof, but one San Fernando Valley neighborhood is protesting against putting solar panels on the ground.
  • Carson Moves to Criminalize Bullying

    May 8, 2014 | 28 min
    Carson is about to make bullying anyone under 25 a misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail. How is bullying different from business as usual on school campuses?
  • Should California Require All Cellphones to Have a Kill Switch?

    May 7, 2014 | 24 min
    Law enforcement says apps that allow users to track stolen smartphones can lead to dangerous encounters. Proposed "kill switch" legislation might discourage cellphone theft.
  • What Can California Learn from Louis CK about Common Core?

    May 6, 2014 | 27 min
    Protests against Common Core standards for California public schools are building. It's not the goals of critical thinking and analytical skills, but the tests.
  • Will California Bring Back Bilingual Education?

    May 5, 2014 | 27 min
    The state senate's considering a ballot measure to restore bilingual education, thrown out of the public schools by the voters in 1998. We hear some opposing voices.
  • How Did Donald Sterling Last So Long?

    May 1, 2014 | 28 min
    Ever since Donald Sterling brought the Clippers home to Los Angeles, his ?plantation mentality" has been well known. Is 30 years of tolerating racism a product of LA too?
  • UTLA Elects a New President

    Apr 30, 2014 | 17 min
    LA's teachers union has a new President. Will Alex Caputo-Pearl be able to overcome Superintendent Mike Deasy's objections to these educational reforms?
  • NBA Bans Donald Sterling for Life, Calls for Sale of Team

    Apr 29, 2014 | 25 min
    The NBA has banned LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life in response to racist comments he made in a recorded conversation. How tarnished are the NBA? The Clippers?
  • Will the NBA Eject Donald Sterling?

    Apr 28, 2014 | 16 min
    The reputation of LA Clippers' owner Donald Sterling reached a new low this weekend, with allegations of racist comments made in a phone conversation.
  • Is a State-of-the Art Facility Real Jail Reform?

    Apr 24, 2014 | 11 min
    LA County is considering a new proposal to replace the downtown jail, but will a new building help address concerns about the large population of mentally ill inmates?
  • DMV Braces for Immigrant Applications for Licenses

    Apr 24, 2014 | 25 min
    The DMV is bracing for a sudden influx of hundreds of thousands of new test takers as undocumented residents in California begin to apply for driver's licenses.
  • California's Worst Air Pollutant Might Catch a Break

    Apr 22, 2014 | 26 min
    This week, California air quality officials are considering relaxing emission regulations on diesel trucks --- the worst air pollution offenders left in the state.
  • Should the UC Divest from Fossil Fuel?

    Apr 21, 2014 | 29 min
    Student activists are calling the UC system to divest from the fossil fuel industry. But many asset managers call that financially irresponsible. We hear from both sides.
  • Jay Z and Private Profit in the 'People's Park'

    Apr 18, 2014 | 26 min
    Rapper Jay Z will bring his Budweiser Made in America festival to the 12-acre Grand Park in downtown LA. He calls it "inclusionary," but not everyone agrees.
  • City Corruption: A Way of Life in Part of Los Angeles County

    Apr 16, 2014 | 27 min
    The tiny city of Bell got national headlines for paying Manager Robert Rizzo $1.5 million a year. Today, he got a 12-year prison sentence. But Bell?s not alone.
  • Can LA's Child Protection System Be Fixed?

    Apr 15, 2014 | 25 min
    Would a "child welfare czar" make a difference in LA? And what does Tribune's dividend payout mean for the LA Times?
  • Does a Back to Basics Budget Leave Room for Big Ideas?

    Apr 14, 2014 | 25 min
    LA Mayor Eric Garcetti hasn?t vanished since last year?s election but, compared to Villaraigosa, Hahn and Riordan, he's been out of the media spotlight.
  • Food Truck Safety: Public Health Problem or False Alarm?

    Apr 10, 2014 | 26 min
    LA County officials concede they have never inspected some 40% of the 3200 vehicles that are part of the food-truck frenzy. Is that anything to worry about?
  • Commission Recommendations on LA City Finances

    Apr 9, 2014 | 25 min
  • Are LA's Poorest Left Out of the President's 'Promise Zone?'

    Apr 8, 2014 | 28 min
    LA will be one of President Obama's Promise Zones, which make up his key anti-poverty program. Why aren't Watts or other neighborhoods South of the 10 Freeway included?
  • Only Female Fire Recruit in LAFD Resigns

    Apr 7, 2014 | 23 min
    After $20 million in payouts for race and gender discrimination, the LA Mayor says it's time to recruit a class that represents the demography of the city.
  • Have the Dodgers Ignored Fan Safety, Local Community?

    Apr 3, 2014 | 30 min
    The Dodgers will face the San Francisco Giants tomorrow on opening day in Chavez Ravine. Expectations could not be higher, but potential problems?
  • Compton Tries Moving on from 'Straight Outta' Reputation

    Apr 2, 2014 | 30 min
    Rap artists Dr. Dre and Ice Cube are making a film depicting the Compton of 25 years ago ? as the current, 31-year-old Mayor tries to shake off that image.
  • Bad Teachers, Minority Students and the Constitution

    Apr 1, 2014 | 26 min
    Does California law make it too easy for bad teachers to get tenure and too difficult to fire them? Does the law deprive minority kids of their right to a good education?
  • Pair of Quakes Signal End to Seismic Calm

    Mar 31, 2014 | 34 min
    Seismologists say the Puente Hills thrust, the site of Friday's 5.1 earthquake in La Habra in Orange County, is "a very dangerous fault." We hear what that could mean.
  • LA Real Estate: Too Expensive to Buy, Too Expensive to Rent

    Mar 27, 2014 | 26 min
    As Southern California recovers from the Great Recession, the Middle Class is being priced out of the housing market. Are urban centers becoming enclaves of the wealthy?
  • With Latino Plurality in CA, Is Parity in Local Politics Next?

    Mar 26, 2014 | 26 min
    Latinos have surpassed whites as the state?s largest ethnic minority, but political power may be a long time coming. We hear about legal cases to equal the playing field.
  • WWLA Special: Third District Board of Supervisors Debate

    Mar 25, 2014 | 78 min
    8pm: Warren Olney moderates the first major debate between Sheila Kuehl, Bobby Shriver, John Duran and Pamela Conley Ulich, vying to replace Zev Yaroslavsky.
  • Latinos Now the Largest Ethnic Group in California

    Mar 25, 2014 | 26 min
    This month Latinos are becoming the largest of California's ethnic components ? with 39% of the population. We hear about culture, economics and politics.
  • Why Are Health Insurance Rates on the Increase?

    Mar 24, 2014 | 26 min
    Under Obamacare, everyone must have health insurance or pay a penalty. We hear about a squeeze on the upper middle class, and a ballot measure to regulate insurance rates.
  • Is It Time to Restore Affirmative Action for California Higher Ed?

    Mar 19, 2014 | 25 min
    A proposed State Senate amendment to restore affirmative action was tabled in the Assembly when Asian Senators, pressured by constituents, said they'd made a mistake.
  • Governor Perry in CA to Court Businesses, Generate Buzz

    Mar 18, 2014 | 24 min
    Occidental Petroleum was just the beginning. Sixty other California firms have expanded or re-located to Texas. That's part of Governor Perry's pitch in a visit complete with an ad campaign to lure companies away from the Golden State. Will attacking California as a bad place to do business mean votes for his next presidential campaign? Is it actually working?
  • Santa Monicans versus Development

    Mar 17, 2014 | 26 min
    After years of massive commercial development in the 80's ad 90's, Santa Monica experienced a lull. But it's booming again, and one new project ? barely approved by the City Council ? has angry opponents saying there's not enough housing. But there's so much office space there'll be 7000 new trips every day on the 10 Freeway, which is already approaching gridlock. We hear about efforts to kill it on this year's Santa Monica ballot. Also, do Republicans have the candidates to rebuild their party in California? Later, on To the Point, after Crimea, what's Putin's next move?
  • Should Shamu Shows Be Banned at SeaWorld in San Diego?

    Mar 13, 2014 | 22 min
    After watching the heart-wrenching film "Blackfish," a state assemblyman wants to ban keeping of killer whales in captivity for human entertainment.
  • A Change of Pace for LA County Elections

    Mar 12, 2014 | 22 min
    The LA County Sheriff and Assessor can put your hands on you or put their hands in your pockets. Should the one who determines your tax bill be elected at all?
  • State Regulation of Medical Pot a Precursor for Legalization?

    Mar 11, 2014 | 25 min
    An unlikely combination of interest groups, including California's police chiefs, may support new state regulations on medical marijuana.
  • California Meat Recall Goes Nationwide

    Mar 10, 2014 | 28 min
    Nine million pounds of beef from a California slaughterhouse have been recalled as "unsound, unwholesome or otherwise? unfit" for consumers. But nobody's gotten sick, and...
  • Is California's Democratic Party Keeping Up with Voters?

    Mar 6, 2014 | 25 min
    California's Democratic Party is led by an old guard. There is not a rift over issues, but young Democrats are wondering, "When are these people going to leave?"
  • Doctors Are Primary Source for Prescription Drug Abusers

    Mar 5, 2014 | 26 min
    With drug overdoses now killing more Americans than auto accidents, the state Medical Board is discussing guidelines to reduce the number of "problem prescribers."
  • Garcetti's Trade Mission to Mexico

    Mar 4, 2014 | 26 min
    Eric Garcetti, whose grandparents came from Mexico, is Mayor of Los Angeles. We talk to him as he visits a nation that's developing faster than most Americans realize.
  • To Frack or Not to Frack in Los Angeles

    Mar 3, 2014 | 29 min
    There's been oil drilling in LA for more than 100 years. Fracking could make some inactive ones gush again. We hear the pros and cons of a proposed ban or a moratorium.
  • LA Visual FX Industry Stifled by Runaway Production

    Feb 27, 2014 | 23 min
    In a eight-year period, California lost 11% of its jobs in film and TV, while New York gained 25%. We have the latest on runaway production.
  • LAUSD Votes to Shut Down Two Aspire Charter Schools

    Feb 26, 2014 | 25 min
    Superintendent Deasy called their record of improving student performance " unassailable." But the LA School Board voted to close two charter schools anyway.
  • Is California Headed for a Tax on Sodas?

    Feb 25, 2014 | 28 min
    Coke, Pepsi and other beverage companies are fighting a proposed mandate in California for labels warning that sugary soft drinks increase the risk of childhood obesity.
  • Hollywood Development Hits a Bump

    Feb 24, 2014 | 26 min
    Boosters of growth in Hollywood have suffered a setback, while opponents of increased density have scored a victory. This time, it's not all about earthquake faults.
  • SoCal Utilities Sluggish on Shift to Solar

    Feb 20, 2014 | 26 min
    State policy requires a transition to renewables, but frustrated local homeowners accuse utilities of dragging their feet because alternative power costs them money.
  • Push for Minimum Wage Increase for Hotel Workers

    Feb 19, 2014 | 25 min
    Five LA City Council members want workers at hotels near LAX paid more than $15 an hour -- the highest minimum wage in the nation. We hear the pros and cons.
  • Ninth Circuit Recognizes a Right to Bear Arms in Public

    Feb 18, 2014 | 26 min
    A federal appellate court says California's law against openly carrying guns in public has an unintended consequence. The case could be on its way to the Supreme Court.
  • Should the Execution of Inmates Be Streamlined in California?

    Feb 13, 2014 | 21 min
    Pete Wilson joins two other former Governors supporting a November ballot initiative to speed up executions in California. We hear the arguments on both sides.
  • The Race to Replace Waxman

    Feb 12, 2014 | 24 min
    Since his surprise resignation, candidates have been lining up to replace Congressman Henry Waxman. We hear from Democrats Ted Lieu and Wendy Greuel.
  • New Health Law Has Foodies Crying 'Nanny State'

    Feb 11, 2014 | 21 min
    A new state law says that chefs must wear disposable gloves each time they touch raw food. Despite the risk of food-borne illness, is this a case of over-protection?
  • Construction Starts on Tallest Building in the West

    Feb 10, 2014 | 20 min
    Will LA?s Wilshire Grand Tower be the tallest building in the western United States?
  • Should We End Los Angeles' Business Tax?

    Feb 6, 2014 | 22 min
    With LA facing a $250 million deficit, Mayor Garcetti wants to get rid of the business tax. Also, LA is replacing street lamps with LED bulbs to save energy and money.
  • Education Reform and the Power of Silicon Valley

    Feb 5, 2014 | 25 min
    A trial in Los Angeles could make it easier to fire incompetent teachers. Also, why do we care if elected officials don't live in the districts they represent?
  • Gentry Battles Gonzo in a Changing Venice

    Feb 4, 2014 | 25 min
    Gentrification and commercialization of Venice Beach have led to a culture clash. Is its laid-back culture of tolerance still alive or is it a thing of the past?
  • Gentry Battles Gonzo in Gentrifying Venice

    Feb 4, 2014 | 25 min
    Gentrification and commercialization of Venice Beach have led to a culture clash. Is its laid-back culture of tolerance still alive or is it a thing of the past?

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